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Obama: If I were a Supreme Court judge, I’d remove laws banning same-sex marriage

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  1. About three years ago Mr. Obama told a very impatient gathering of LGBT people to just wait and he’d prove to be a fierce defender of our civil rights. He has kept his word. I’m just so glad that my president believes in civil rights of all.

    1. Helge Vladimir Tiller 2 Mar 2013, 9:50pm

      I share your joy- although I’m Norwegian. A warm hug to Mr. Obama through YOU ! We are the future !

  2. Robert in S. Kensington 1 Mar 2013, 6:48pm

    Well said, President Obama. I wonder how much of this makes it to the British media. Take note Tories in opposition and their religious nutter following.

  3. Listen folks Obama doesn’t give a flying hoot about gay rights, he’s just in it votes. This guy was fiercely against same sex marriage and now he sees some mileage in it, all of a sudden he’s like Mr.Pink . I see through all this politician baloney, its all for votes.

    1. Lukefromcanada 1 Mar 2013, 7:26pm

      but at this point he doesn’t need the votes, so this is clearly how he really feels, he has no more need to pander to those who oppose it

    2. Suddenly Last Bummer 1 Mar 2013, 7:27pm

      I’m surprised more people on here don’t recognise the lip service Obama doles out to the plebs to keep them happy.

    3. @Terry That’s rubbish. He was never “fiercely” against same-sex marriage. It’s true, in 2008 he stated his belief “that marriage is between a man and a woman” and that he was “not in favor of gay marriage.” But at the same time, he stated his opposition to Proposition 8 (which ultimately banned gay marriage in California) and his support for strong civil unions for same-sex couples that provide marital rights, like hospital visitations.
      If he had declared his support for same-sex marriage back in 2008, he probably wouldn’t have been elected and all that amazing progress for LGBT people that we’ve seen in the past couple of years in the U.S. would never have happened. Just ask yourself how a President Romney, who run on a platform that included an amendment to ban same-sex marriage in the entire U.S. and who even opposed civil unions for same-sex couples would have handled this situation. President Obama is the best thing that ever happened to LGBT Americans, period.

    4. He publicly supported same-sex marriage back in 1996 when he was a candidate to become an Illinois state senator. Since then he has repeatedly changed his position (it looks like he has always supported at least some kind of civil partnership arrangement, and he voted against an amendment to the US constitution banning same-sex marriage in 2006), but he was never “fiercely against same sex marriage”. My guess is that he has personally supported it for a long time but moderated his position when it was politically expedient – if you go back 10 or 20 years, same-sex marriage was very unpopular in the US.

      Obama’s government really has achieved quite a lot for LGBT people, including extending hate crime laws to cover sexual orientation and gender identity, requiring hospitals to allow same-sex partners to visit, allowing LGB people in the military, and stopping discrimination against LGBT people by government departments. It could all just be for votes, but it’s better than nothing.

    5. No US president can stand for a third term, so no-one can vote for Obama again. He doesn’t need to worry about votes.

      What we’re seeing now is the real Obama, and it’s far, far better than anything we’ve ever had before. :-)

      The truly scary thing is that we could have ended up with Romney…

  4. Suddenly Last Bummer 1 Mar 2013, 7:25pm

    If he were a supreme judge? He’s the fucking pres of the US, quit flip flopping you gimp and act. How long has he been umming and aaawing now? All thru’ his first term and now here we go again.

  5. Georg Friedrich 1 Mar 2013, 7:43pm

    Is it ‘normal’ in the US, that the President can so clear say his opinion how Supreme Court must make his own and independent decision? In Germany it will be absolutely impossible and very rough violation of separation of legislative and juridical powers, if Federal Chancellor or Federal President will make any comments, before or after decision of the Constitutional Court in such maniere.

    1. It is the same in the U.S. The President has no veto power over the Supreme Court. When he speaks in these matters he speaks as a citizen not a President.

  6. PeterinSydney 1 Mar 2013, 9:32pm

    Well done again President Obama. You are a true friend of gay and lesbian people. Let’s hope the SCOTUS people heed your call favorably.

    1. Proposition 8, California’s voter-approved ban on equal marriage.
      This is what Obama was speaking of that the voters of California had decided and the Supreme Court
      should abide by that vote.
      As others and I have written its for the votes and if he really cared he would be out there fighting for what he believes. Not traveling the country campaigning making speeches so others can
      take the blame for what he can not deliver.

  7. If I ruled the world ………

  8. Gay Activist Paul Mitchell 1 Mar 2013, 11:07pm

    Thank you Obama, you have truly evolved on marriage equality since last year back in May 2012 and signed the Mathew Shepard Hate Crimes Act and the Repeal of DADT Act.

    Thank you Obama for being on the right side of history!

    Soon he will sign the LGBT inclusion on the Violence Against Women Act!

    Thank you Obama for ADVANCING our LGBT rights!

  9. President Obama has shown political courage on a cutting-edge issue. By doing so, he has helped to move public opinion in a positive direction.

    Changing laws have had an enormous influence in helping LGBTs take their rightful place in U.S. society. For a heartwarming true story on gay male partnership, marriage and adoption, see:

    http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/02/28/we-found-our-son-in-the-subway/

  10. GingerlyColors 2 Mar 2013, 5:35am

    Barak Obama should consider becoming a Supreme Court judge when he steps down in four years time. Anybody who is capable of being President of the United States is certainly capable of retraining for such a role.

    1. Especially considering that we have right-wing trolls like Scalia on today’s Supreme Court. He’s so much better than Scalia ever was.

  11. Isnt that what makes a good cause bad?i mean arent laws to go through the proper channels to be established and repealled?

    Whilst i am for gay and lesbian rights if it is to be legal let us make it legal dont want a case of we have gone down the road with it and someone says hey its not legal and it isnt . please let us follow required procedures so it is right

  12. And if I were American I would have voted for you both times. Thanks for all you’ve done for us Obama.

  13. “If I were a Supreme Court judge, I’d remove laws banning same-sex marriage”

    …But instead i’m the president and i’ve done f##k all for LGBT people

    1. F##k ? I wouldn’t exactly call ending the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, publicly supporting same-sex marriage and mostly important signing the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, one of the only protections gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people may have in some American states against hate crimes as f##k. I would actually call a lot for LGBT people.

  14. Paul (Canada) 3 Mar 2013, 5:10pm

    I see the point that proposition 8 was voted for by citizens. However! You cannot enact a law that violates other lawful protections. The ones of the US are meant to protect equality (we recall the “All men are created equal” quote).

    Unfortunately we don’t have the same kind of protections in the EU, as equality laws dealing with LGBT topics are non-binding to member states. Such is the case of Lisa Grant vs South West Trains: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/57355.stm

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